Questions tagged [aliens]

For use as the generic term 'alien' which generally refers to a life-form not of Earth, but it can also be used to describe anything, including objects, from another world or system. Use [aliens-1986] for the sequel to the 1979 film Alien; use [alien-franchise] for that entire franchise.

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Looking for movie where aliens destroy Earth, with spike like bombs, drilling into the crust

I'm looking for an old movie where aliens fire missiles into the Earth's crust and blow it inside out. The bombs were like spikes that drilled into the Earth's crust before exploding. Watched it when ...
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Book about a man who enters a cave on an alien world and a parasite merges with him?

The main character gains psychic abilities when he enters a cave on an alien world and a parasite merges with him. Subsequent eeg scans show he has two traces, one normal, his own, and a second which ...
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Identifying a book about spiderlike aliens that retreat after taking 50% casualties

I checked out a book from an Upstate New York library sometime in the early to mid 2000s and haven't been able to find it since. I remember the title as "____'s War," where the ____ was the main ...
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Alien movie with long-legged dude

I only saw part of this movie, probably from 1990-2000. The villain is a guy wearing a fedora hat that is part-alien and can transform and doesn't have legs but has robot legs. He can breath fire ...
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A story about a Giant Alien Blob/Mass chasing a space ship

So this space ship lands on this planet and the crew finds a giant portion of forest is just destroyed. They get in the ship and they follow this path, they come to a giant amoeba blob thing absorbing ...
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Looking for a novel about an alien living under a henge

Hunting down some of the paperbacks that I read as a kid, trawling through my parent's archives. The story takes place somewhere in the British Isles, and the main character is an artsy-fartsy type, ...
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Short story about humans landing on a planet met with human-like aliens

I'm looking for the title/author of a short story in which humans are living on a ship on another planet and they let in a human-looking male alien. The alien is (possibly) red-headed and very good-...
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Story Identification: story about atoms being entire universes/solar systems and their inhabitants invade the world

About 5 years ago I read a story about scientists discovering that atoms are tiny universes/solar systems. Then at some point the scientists develope a microscope that can see the planets and their ...
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Sci-fi manga about a boy with an alien girl classmate

Two to three years ago, I was reading a very interesting sci-fi manga, but I dropped it and now I can't remember the name. It was not new when I read it, but I'm pretty sure it was released after 2000....
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Looking for name of manga novel of boy that found exosuit on dying alien and it has great power

I'm trying to find a novel I read when I was in middle school. It's a manga young adult novel, where a boy finds a dying alien in a crashed ship and has the alien's suit latch onto him. It only covers ...
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Searching after a science fiction book/series about Galactic war with a weaker Human/Alien Alliance vs. Another hostile alien race

Human/Alien Alliance consists of many species including one that seemed to use physical movements(ear position and posture) to partially communicate, they seemed to be a very Spartan like society and ...
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Short story about a precognitive person that is unable to say how to stop an alien invasion?

I remember reading this short story in 2016 on the app I Funny about this person who could see the future. They tell how they knew the winning lottery numbers, which horses would win a race, things ...
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Trying to identify a short story in which aliens turned an entire city block into a spaceship

My mom read this story in the 1950's when she was a teenager. She recounted the story to me and my siblings many years ago, probably trying to entertain us on some road trip. She has always wanted to ...
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Short story about giant alien insect building a man-suit

Astronauts discover 'God' on the far side of the moon. There's a giant highway with trucks running on it constantly, but no one is allowed onto it. Someone sneaks onto a truck and finds out that there'...
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book about family who travels to planet whose original inhabitants are called architects or builders [duplicate]

I recently read a book and I'd like to know the author and title - it was about a girl and her politician father and two brothers who, after her mother dies suddenly, travel to a planet that has a ...
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Sci-fi book from the 80’s or 90’s; aliens control humans using a cap [duplicate]

Does anyone remember a book about Aliens that invaded earth and controlled people with a cap. The main character had a defective cap so he was able to think for himself. He went on an adventure to ...
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80s sci-fi short story: soldier finds tiny cylindric alien crafts; aliens use a force field to shield him from artillery

Just wondered if anybody would be able to identify an old sci-fi short story roughly from the 80s, in which there was a soldier on a battlefield who dived into a bomb crater for protection, where he ...
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Short story told from vegetarian alien's POV observing astronaut behavior, including laughter [duplicate]

Probably mid to late 20th century story. I believe the title is something like "Farewell Ilya" or "Goodbye..." The alien tells the story. Actually, perhaps the astronauts are the aliens, since I ...
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Sci-fi book with aliens helping humans colonize a planet or space station

I am trying to remember a book I read in the late 1990s/early 2000s that revolved around aliens assisting humans in colonizing another planet (possibly space station) through a wormhole made by the ...
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Old comic book, space opera or planetary romance, nonhuman villain

I asked a question about an old science ficition comic book here: Old comic book, war with the moon, Pan-ku Chinese first man1 I already knew the answer, and planned to answer myself if nobody else ...
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Short story. Two brothers from another planet travel to Earth. One finds the other was crucified 2000 years earlier

I'm looking for the short story I read many years ago. It was about 2 gifted brothers from another planet. They got separated on the way to Earth. The second brother went looking for the first ...
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Novel about an alien fighting tournament

Read this paperback novel about 10 years ago as a kid. The premise is that one extremely powerful alien race has been harvesting (and presumably keeping in cryo-stasis or something) the best "...
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Book with parasitic aliens from the 1990s (?)

In this book that I'm pretty sure I read in the 1990s, humanity (especially the humans in power) are gradually being controlled by a race of parasitic aliens. The aliens infect humans by boring ...
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Humorous short story about alien manufacturing ship accidentally dumping defective products on earth

I am looking for a rather humorous short story that I believe I read in an anthology within the last 10-15 years (possibly originally published in an SF magazine in that same timeframe). It was about ...
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Science Fiction Made for tv Movie where Female Aliens come to Earth to get pregnant

This is an old made for TV movie where there is a planet of all women and they board a ship and come to Earth. They all get in relationships with the men and become pregnant. All of them have female ...
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What movie had a John Stamos-like character dreaming on a medical spaceship?

I saw this movie about 6 or 7 years ago, it was definitely older than that though. It takes place on a medical transport spaceship that crash lands on an alien world while the ship was on its way to ...
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Can anyone figure out what book this answer refers to?

This Quora answer to the question: Is it possible for an entire book to be written so that at the very last phrase, the meaning of the rest of the novel changes entirely? replies with a story ...
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Examples of non-Human eating utensils in Star Trek

The description of the everyday life of aliens is often very sparse and does not include their eating habits. It occurs to me that there is at least one example of an alien eating tool that is not ...
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Need name of an anthology

I'm trying to remember the name of an anthology of short stories about humans fighting an alien, insect-like race. I read the book in the late 1980s. There were about 10 stories. One of the stories ...
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70s-80s sci-fi collection with aliens and a girl werewolf who may have eaten cats

There was a sci-fi collection book in my grade school library (1979). I believe it had 3 stories in it, but I might be wrong: One of them I believe was about a girl who was turning into a werewolf. ...
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YA Novel about space cadets besieged by poisonous reptiles

Read this book in the late 80s / early 90s, used. A bunch of space cadets are in a training center on a distant planet and things go badly wrong and they have to fight a mostly-losing defense against ...
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Name of sci-fi book with Mars and intelligent spheres of light [duplicate]

I am looking for the name of a book I read long ago. spoilers ahead The story was that some humans go to Mars for some experiment. They meet spheres of light which are the only physical remains of ...
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How intelligent are fathiers (space horses)? Are they sapient?

In The Last Jedi, we encounters the Fathiers at Canto Bight. Are they Sapient beings? The arguments I see are: They appear to understand language and complex commands. For example, Rose says, "we ...
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Why does Alf crash in the Tanner's garage?

I do remember he is from Melmac, eats a lot and a lot of things. But what is the reason that he crashed?
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SciFi book series about a group of future space marines with invisible camouflage, encountering a vicious alien force; one “Sgt Bass” character

I am trying to to remember a book series set in the future about a marine force sent to distant planets for various combat missions. Along the way they encounter a vicious alien force. The marines ...
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Trying to find a book I read ages ago about telepathic aliens on a colony world

What I can remember is that the main character travels to the new world colony via a space ship. When she (I think) arrives and is woken up she finds out that she is one of a small percentage of ...
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I am trying to find a movie where some people get to an alien planet with green aliens

On this planet there are some weird silver colored stuff which can freeze things. The leader of this alien group thing uses on his people from time to time when they don’t follow orders. It’s an ...
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Identification sci-fi book (series) — Humans as servants & Alien masters with superior memories [duplicate]

More than 10 years ago, while traveling, I read one book in a series. I found it in a book exchange. I think it was about humans in the far future being servants or slaves of an alien race. The one ...
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Short story: ship for first contacts, species most like those contacted would seem to be in charge

This story was from the 1960s or earlier, read in a hardbound collection of stories, possibly all from one magazine. The spaceship was large and sent on first contact missions. It had several ...
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Help me identify a novel I read back in the late 70’s or early 80’s — “Eureka” and hi-tech astral projection

I'm trying to identify a novel I read back in the late 70’s or early 80’s. As I recall it, the story synopsis would be that a man and woman team are researching a machine they’re designing to induce ...
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Book about suppressing First Contact? Character “Polly Ling”? [duplicate]

This paperback was probably from ca. 1970. The well-off don't want their apple-cart upset by alien tech. Hero saves "Polly Ling" from an alien monster, which turns out to be her husband- she's an ...
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Creature “sees” not with light but metal ions

What is the short story (By Arthur C Clarke?) where a creature "sees" mercury vapor from a flare. I think it takes place on an asteroid; a man fleeing pursuit uses the creature to surprise and delay ...
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Science fiction book about an alien boy with two hearts

I was reminded of this when reading the title of Is the Doctor's Second Heart artificial? of a book I read as a child, somewhere in the late 1980s to the early 1990s in Ashland, Kentucky. It was a ...
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Short story about space engineers building portals, with paranoid furry alien species

I'm looking for a short story that I read online several years ago. It was about a company that built interstellar portals. It was told from the point of view of a human engineer who worked with very ...
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1950s TV show called Captain 'something'. One of his crew was named Astro

I'm looking for the name of a program that appeared on TV around 1952-53 in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. There was a new (the first I think) educational TV channel; 13, KQED or WQED maybe. They had a ...
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Short story about underwater aliens with 2-stage life cycle and 3 kinds of “gametes” who combine to make adults [duplicate]

A while back I read a short story about this alternate dimension story where these aliens had figured out how to trade resources with our earth by shunting materials across dimensions...on earth's ...
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ID: Duck-shaped aliens accidentally cause nuclear war and winter, wiping out humanity

Short story or novella from a few decades ago: A Russian woman, the last surviving human as far as she can tell, has been so far surviving an extreme nuclear winter by traveling in a heavily ...
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Looking for short story about humans forced to play alien game

Back in the mid-1960's I read a short story about a small group of humans that were being held captive by an alien. The alien forced them to play some sort of game, but didn't tell them the rules. ...
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Looking for help on an ancient history series [closed]

Many, many years ago I read a series, think it was a trilogy, about auras. the paperbacks had an illustration on the cover in the form of a teardrop, with the teardrop on each cover being a different ...
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What is the title and/or author of a story about aliens hijacking the Earth and the Moon?

This may be a novel or a serialized story in a magazine. Published in the late 60s or early 70s. This story involved aliens coming to earth and wiping out all culture and technology. Humanity is ...

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